London Business School entered five teams in the MBA Winter Regatta, held at Marina Rubicon in Lanzarote on 1 & 2 February, and one of them came out on top. The Regatta was sailed in a fleet of J80 Sportsboats, crewed by 3 or 4 persons each. The “LBS Red” team, helmed by Nikolaas Van Der Loock won four out of the eight races and came second in the other four. Theirs was the youngest crew in the fleet, with two out of the four on the boat aged in their early twenties as students on LBS’s postgraduate “Masters in Management” course. Cranfield’s crew, helmed by Jeremy Renwick came second, with two first places, and the podium was rounded out by Rob Cotterill’s “LBS White” team, with one first place. The remaining race was won by “LBS Black”, helmed by Tony Ellingham. There were nine boats in all, with crews from Warwick, Rotterdam and IE as well as those from LBS and Cranfield.
London Business School, despite only managing 11th place in the Rolex MBAs Cup Regatta were only 2 places behind their main rivals, INSEAD, and so retained the lead in the 2012 MBA Sailing League to win the title for the second time.
London Business School’s 3rd place in the Cranfield Regatta, along with their first place at the ABC and 5th in Athens means that they lead the 2012 MBA sailing league with two events still to come. Insead drop from joint first to second, with their sixth place at Cranfield.
The 2012 league is made up of five events: the Global MBA Trophy, The ABC, The Cranfield Regatta, the RSM Regatta and the Rolex MBA’s Cup.
Cranfield winners Leeds and second place Cranfield take up 3rd and 4th spots in the league respectively, while Bocconi climb to 5th.
Insead’s 6th place at the Cranfield Regatta was enough for them to hold onto the number 1 position in the MBA sailing rankings. They are three points ahead of London Business School, whose 3rd place on the Solent brings them above Bocconi into second. Warwick and Leeds round out the top five, climbing as MIP Milano and Manchester drop out.
The MBA Sailing Rankings are based on the past rolling 12 months of MBA sailing, so are currently made up of the 2011 Rolex MBA’s cup, the 2012 Global MBA Trophy, 2012 ABC and 2012 Cranfield regatta.
Leeds Business School won the 21st Cranfield Regatta on 6th- 8th July. The Leeds team were level on points with the “Cranfield 2” boat, but won on countback after winning the final race of the regatta. This was Leeds ‘s first showing at the top of the MBA fleet, having come 9th in 2011. Cranfield matched their 2nd place from 2011, missing by the thinnest of margins the chance to win their own regatta.
Both the leading teams were skippered by paid “Sunsail” skippers, provided by the organisers. The first crew home with a skipper from the business school were London Businesss School, in third. The top five were rounded out by “Cranfield 4” and a crew from Hong Kong Business School in 5th. Top ranked Insead came 6th.
The Regatta is sailed on matched 42 ft Beneteau F40s, in the Solent, off the south coast of England. The weather was wet.
INSEAD’s third place at the Global MBA trophy in Piraeus consolidates their position at the top of the MBA Sailing rankings as we begin the 2012 season. Indeed, as they came 4th in 2011, it makes their score one point less than at the end of 2011.
Bocconi and LBS are lying second and third respectively with 22 and 23 points, while Manchester and Cranfield benefit from the smaller number of qualifying boats in Greece and move up to 4th and 6th respectively at the expense of MIP Milano and Warwick who drop to 5th and 7th respectively. Only the 6 boats in the “A” division at Athens could qualify for the trophy, and so only those boats competing in the A division could gain points for the league.
Other big movers are Wharton, Chicago and HEC/Trium who missed Athens this year and so drop 4, 10 and 7 places respectively.
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